Martin Brundle had a 'top tier' response after he was blocked off by a security guard during his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid walk.
During today's (26 November) final grid walk of the 2023 season, the F1 veteran spotted close friend and three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart at the front end of the melee.
However, as the 64-year-old attempted to squeeze past the crowded grid walk he was blocked by a man who looked to be a security guard.
Bizarrely, the man refused to let Brundle through to the next segment of the grid.
"This guy sorta keeps getting hold of me," Brundle said.
"You have to let go, my friend."
The security guy then said: "I'm not going, I'm just blocking."
"You have to let go," Brundle continued, adding his 'top tier' response: "Because we've got a job to do."
With that comment, he was able to break through to the next section.
Viewers were furious with the security guard, as one person tweeted: "Some guy with lanyards just blocked @MBrundleF1 on his gridwalk. That guy might be getting fired or may have to review his info sheets of ‘people to know in Formula 1’. #MartinBrundle."
A second added: Random guy just wanting a hug with Martin Brundle… and he just looks right in his face and badge and asks 'who are you with' haha. Just peak Martin Brundle #p1 #AbuDhabiGP."
"Trying to block Martin Brundle on a grid walk makes you Public Enemy Number 1 in minutes on Twitter," a third wrote.
"That fella trying to manhandle Martin Brundle is bang out of order, clearly he didn’t know Martin is F1 Royalty #SkyF1," someone else said.
"If you don't know who Martin Brundle is you shouldn't be allowed on the grid. You clearly know nothing about the sport. End of. #F1 #AbuDhabiGP," another agreed.
Following a string of incidents on the grid, Brundle said in 2021 that F1 introduced a new rule that celebrities walking on the grid could not bring security with them.
A spokesperson for F1 confirmed at the time that stars on the grid 'aren't obliged to do interviews' but their security detail are 'no longer allowed to accompany them'.
F1 believes the grid is safe enough that celebs don't need to bring their security along meaning there's not a ring of protection to keep Brundle away, but there is no obligation to do interviews if someone sticks a microphone in your face.Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports F1